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Counseling teenagers in Belize. Launching an Armenian computer center. Promoting HIV/AIDS awareness in Malawi. Teaching chemistry in a Ghanaian high school. Peace Corps Volunteers work in a wide variety of areas —and no two days are ever the same.
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Maybe you've talked to your friends about the Peace Corps, or even attended a recruiting event. Now what do you do? How do you know if you're qualified to join the Peace Corps? And how do you go about applying?
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Serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer means 27 months of hard work. It takes determination, flexibility, patience, and a sense of humor. And while applying to the Peace Corps is easier than being a Volunteer, the qualities that make a good Volunteer will also come in handy during the application process. Yes, applying to become a Volunteer takes some time, preparation, and effort. But as with volunteering, the rewards far outweigh the difficulties.
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Here are the basics to help you get started.
  
Think of the Peace Corps and you might imagine teaching in a one-room schoolhouse or farming in a remote area of the world. But while education and agriculture are still an important part of what the Peace Corps does, today's Volunteers are just as likely to be working on HIV/AIDS awareness, finding ways to provide fresh, clean water to a community, or working on small-business development.
 
  
Peace Corps Volunteers work in the following areas: education, youth outreach, and community development; business development; agriculture and environment; health and HIV/AIDS; and information technology. Within these areas, the specific duties and responsibilities of each Volunteer can vary widely. Ask any Peace Corps Volunteer and he or she will tell you that everybody has a unique experience.
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[[Top Questions]]<br>
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Learn the basics about Peace Corps service. You'll find answers to some frequently asked questions plus links to more information.
  
''In each area specific description, if you can offer a more detailed description than this standard description the Peace Corps offers, please feel free to include that so others can get a better idea of what certain work areas consist of.''
 
  
==Areas==
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[[Am I Qualified?]]<br>
[[Education, Youth Outreach, and Community Development]]<br>
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By now, you probably know that you have to be at least 18 years old and a U.S. citizen. Beyond these requirements, how do you know if you're qualified to become a Peace Corps Volunteer? Use our quick calculator to find out.
Education, youth outreach, and community development Volunteers introduce innovative teaching methodologies, encourage critical thinking in the classroom, and integrate issues like health education and environmental awareness into English, math, science, and other subjects.
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[[Steps To Applying]]<br>
[[Business Development]] <br>
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If you've read through this section and think you're ready to apply to become a Peace Corps Volunteer or if you have very specific questions about filling out your Peace Corps application, visit Apply Now.
Business development Volunteers work in education, private businesses, public organizations, government offices, cooperatives, women's and youth groups, and more. 
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See additional: [[Advice for applicants]]
 
[[Environment]]  <br>
 
Environment Volunteers work on a wide variety of activities, from teaching environmental awareness to planting trees within a community. 
 
 
 
[[Agriculture]]  <br>
 
Agriculture Volunteers work with small farmers to increase food production while promoting environmental conservation practices.  In tropical regions some volunteers work supporting coffee and chocolate growers.  Organic techniques that use cover crops, green fertilizers, organic fertilizers are also used.
 
 
 
[[Health]] <br>
 
Health Volunteers educate and promote awareness issues such as malnutrition and safe drinking water. 
 
 
 
[[HIV/AIDS]]  <br>
 
HIV/AIDS Volunteers provide hope and meaningful assistance to people affected by HIV/AIDS.
 
 
 
[[Information Technology]] <br>
 
Information and communications technology (ICT) Volunteers help communities capitalize on technologies by teaching computer and multimedia skills, developing regional databases, and implementing networks for non-governmental organizations, businesses and government offices.
 
  
 
==External Links==
 
==External Links==
[http://www.peacecorps.gov/index.cfm?shell=learn.whatvol What Do Volunteers Do?] Official US Peace Corps Website
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[http://www.peacecorps.gov/index.cfm?shell=learn.howvol How Do I Become a Volunteer?] Official US Peace Corps Website
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Revision as of 07:52, 2 January 2011

Maybe you've talked to your friends about the Peace Corps, or even attended a recruiting event. Now what do you do? How do you know if you're qualified to join the Peace Corps? And how do you go about applying?

Serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer means 27 months of hard work. It takes determination, flexibility, patience, and a sense of humor. And while applying to the Peace Corps is easier than being a Volunteer, the qualities that make a good Volunteer will also come in handy during the application process. Yes, applying to become a Volunteer takes some time, preparation, and effort. But as with volunteering, the rewards far outweigh the difficulties.

Here are the basics to help you get started.


Top Questions
Learn the basics about Peace Corps service. You'll find answers to some frequently asked questions plus links to more information.


Am I Qualified?
By now, you probably know that you have to be at least 18 years old and a U.S. citizen. Beyond these requirements, how do you know if you're qualified to become a Peace Corps Volunteer? Use our quick calculator to find out.


Steps To Applying
If you've read through this section and think you're ready to apply to become a Peace Corps Volunteer or if you have very specific questions about filling out your Peace Corps application, visit Apply Now.

See additional: Advice for applicants

External Links

How Do I Become a Volunteer? Official US Peace Corps Website